His­toric home up for grabs

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A his­toric home in So­cial Cir­cle could be yours for free. That’s only if you are will­ing to re­lo­cate the en­tire house to a new lo­ca­tion.

First Bap­tist Church of So­cial Cir­cle owns the home at 221 North Chero­kee Road and it’s more than 150-years old.

The church wants to get rid of the home so that it can move for­ward with its plans to build a park, play­ground and prayer garden on the prop­erty. How­ever, be­fore tear­ing the home com­pletely down, church of­fi­cials wanted to first see if any­one was in­ter­ested in the house.

First Bap­tist Church of So­cial Cir­cle is of­fer­ing $10,000 to pay for mov­ing cost for any­one who’s in­ter­ested in tak­ing the house.

Johnny Pick­ens, a vol- un­teer with the church, said in ad­di­tion, the His­toric Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety of So­cial Cir­cle has of­fered an ad­di­tional $10,000 for mov­ing cost if the home is moved to a lo­ca­tion in So­cial Cir­cle. He ex­plained some of the his­tory be­hind the church ob­tain­ing the home.

“The church pur­chased the house in 2007 with the idea that we were go­ing to de­mol­ish the house and build an ad­di­tional fa­cil­ity, but be­cause of the econ­omy, that just didn’t work out. So the house has been sit­ting there wait­ing for some­body to come along and want it,” Pick­ens said.

“We have not really mar­keted it that en­tire time,” he said. “It was our in­ten­tion to de­mol­ish the house and dur­ing the slump in the econ­omy, we did not have the need to be in­vested. Be­cause once you tear the house down, you have to clear the prop­erty and make some­thing that’s ac­cept­able to the city. We just didn’t have the time or the dol­lars at that time to do any­thing with it,” Pick­ens said.

“Within the last year, we have started a cam­paign to do some­thing with the house. We would pre­fer that some­body take the house and move it off the prop­erty and us help them with it and for it to stay in So­cial Cir­cle and make ev­ery­body happy. Some­times those things work and some­times they don’t.”

Pick­ens said the church has a de­mo­li­tion per­mit that is for six months but he said it will prob­a­bly be ex­tended if the church doesn’t re­ceive any feed­back of in­di­vid­u­als who may be in­ter­ested in the house.

He said they plan to wait un­til Novem­ber 2013 be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion on de­mol­ish­ing the house.

The one-story house, which was built in 1858, has wood-sid­ing, a nice sized hard­wood front porch and floors, three fire­places, two bath­rooms, a kitchen and din­ing area. Pick­ens said the house has 1,500 square feet of orig­i­nal space and is close to 2,000 square feet with some add-ons that have been done. He said the pre­vi­ous owner was Ce­leste Dupree, who was a long­time res­i­dent of So­cial Cir­cle and re­mem­bered as a strong sup­porter of his­toric preser­va­tion in So­cial Cir­cle — help­ing to reestab­lish old homes in the area.

Pick­ens, who lives about a block from the home, said the prayer garden that the church plans to re­place the home with will be in me­mory of Dupree.

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in see­ing the home can call the First Bap­tist Church of So­cial Cir­cle at (770) 464- 2628 and ask for Johnny Pick­ens.

Submitted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

The house is lo­cated at 221 North Chero­kee Road and it’s more than 150-years old. It could be yours for free, if you are will­ing to re­lo­cate the en­tire house.

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